ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist and singer Jerry Cantrell recently spoke with Grammy.com about continuing to be creative while also staying sober. Cantrell said: "I've been super-creative fucked up. I've been super-creative not fucked up. It's been so many years for me that I just don't really think about that anymore. I think, at some point it becomes an impediment. It works until it doesn't. Let's put it that way."
Cantrell continued: "It worked for a while. And I think that's the case probably for most people. Maybe takes you and puts you in a different mind space, and kind of maybe opens your perception to some stuff, but the costs are so fucking high. You know what I mean?"
Cantrell has lost a number of friends to drug and alcohol abuse, including ALICE IN CHAINS singer Layne Staley. He told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that he thinks it's sad that the story of Staley's life and career is always associated with drugs. "It's unfortunate that that seems to be the only headline that gets equated with him, because there was so much more to him than that," he said. "Not taking away the fact of the reality of what that is, and how it ended, everybody knows that too. But there's a whole lot more to the story."
Cantrell has been sober for years now but went through his own struggles. He remarked: "Hopefully, being on the other side of that, I don't miss it at all. But I'm also not ashamed of it. Nobody's perfect, and I certainly am not. You just kind of figure it out as you go. Life's pretty good right now. And has been for some time."
ALICE IN CHAINS has been touring behind its sixth studio LP, "Rainier Fog", which came out last year.